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Wildlife Facts

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American Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is a large frog found throughout North America. They live in swamps, lakes, and ponds, and can eat just about anything that fits their mouths. They are good swimmers and with their powerful hind legs they can jump a stretch of about 3 feet.

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Northern Cricket Frog

Northern cricket frogs are small frogs that prefer to live by the edges of slow-moving, permanent bodies of water. It is among the most agile of leapers and can jump surprisingly long distances (5-6 feet) for its small size. 

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Painted Turtle

Painted turtles can usually be found in ponds, marshes, slow-moving streams, and any other source of water that won’t sweep these little reptiles away. These small reptiles have wide shells, dark skin, and colorful stripes across their legs and neck. 

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Painted Turtle

Painted turtles are freshwater turtles. These small reptiles have wide shells, dark skin, and colorful stripes across their legs and neck. You can find them in ponds and streams across the entire continent.

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Water Snake

Water snakes are non-venomous snakes found in North America that, true to their name, like to spend time in or around water. They often climb trees and rest on the branches above the water. If disturbed, they will drop down into the water.

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Water Snake

Water snake scales have a raised ridge down the center, making them rough to the touch. The pupils in their eyes are round. They spend a lot of time swimming or basking in shallows, but they also venture on land and climb trees. They never stray far from a water source.

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Freshwater Snail

The most conspicuous feature that all snails share is the spiral shell. It is attached directly to the body and cannot be removed without killing the snail, since it contains most of the internal organs.

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Crayfish are crustaceans. They are also called craw-fish, crawdads and mud bugs. The crayfish must shed its hard exoskeleton in order for its soft body to grow and mature. All of the “legs” of the crayfish can grow back if they are broken off.

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Newts are amphibians, meaning they're cold-blooded, have a backbone, and have wet skin. They can live both on land and in water, in places like forests, lakes, ponds, and bogs, wet, spongy areas of land. Newts have the ability to regenerate their body parts.

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Most trout are freshwater fish. They live in clear streams, rivers and lakes. Different species of trout include rainbow trout, sea trout, big brown trout, brook trout, and others. 

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Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is a freshwater game fish that lives in rivers and lakes. It is an olive green fish, marked by a series of dark blotches forming jagged horizontal stripes along each side.

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Bluegill live in the shallow waters of many lakes and ponds, along with streams, creeks, and rivers. It has a black spot located on each side of its gills. The sides of its head and chin are commonly a dark shade of blue.

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